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"Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’" Luke 21:27

Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
November 28, 2021
This is the First Sunday of Advent

Church School in person or via Zoom
begins at
10:15 a.m. 

Masks Required for all attendees, please
 

Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com


Service will be streamed live on Facebook
at 10 am Sunday

 

Virtual Church School  Zoom in at 10:15 Sunday
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Meeting ID: 831 3959 8806

Passcode: NiRtQ9hL

In Worship
Our lessons, Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36, tell us to live in the present, be aware, and watch for the signs of the Divine presence in our lives.          
 The sermon is entitled:  Signs of the Times.  There are a lot of obvious things we notice, but what does God want us to see? 


Announcements

CALENDAR INFORMATION
Sunday:  10 a.m. Worship In Hewitt Hall
Tuesday, 7 pm. Senior Choir
Thursday:  10:30 am Study Group
    6:00 pm Youth Choir
     7:15 pm  Bell Choir
Sunday, Dec 5:  5 pm Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 11:  9 am to 2 pm Christmas Bazaar

 

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 Watch for more information about supporting the family we adopt for Christmas. 

Mission Focus for December is
The Christmas Fund (for retired ministers and spouses.)  Your donations directly benefit individuals and families on fixed incomes.  

Serving in worship SundayDave McCord, deacon; Paul Ames, Pat Danley, ushers.

We Pray For:   those affected by the CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Seya Bishop, Janet Allen; Deb Janda; George and Arline McCullen; Patty & George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Dave Larson; Mike Laing; David Roode; Karen Clarke; the Bliven family; Elaine Falk Smith; Christy Wohlleber; Paul Ames; Aggie & John Terril; Susan (Melanie Ouellette’s friend); William Jones (Julie’s brother) and Mike Turano, husband of Mary (Wohlleber), in hospital. 
Our prayers of sympathy are extended to the family of Anita Ames, whose service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Old Plains Cemetery.
Our prayers of sympathy go out to the family and friends of Shirley Judge who died November 25th.  A service will be held at a later date. 


Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“How often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”- Matthew 18:21-22 (NRSV)

        I’ll admit that I have really struggled with Jesus on the issue of forgiveness. In the wake of conflict: he wants us to forgive. But you know what I wish he had done? I wish he would have told us what it means to forgive.
        Here’s what my prayer life has taught me:
First of all: Forgiveness is transactional, and the math will never add up.
Second: Forgiveness does not mean forgetting the wrong. It is not giving up on justice. In fact, we can plan and pray for justice while forgiving someone else. But hear this: forgiveness does not require reconciling with the perpetrator.
     Instead, forgiveness is a movement towards a place in our memories where the wrong holds less intensity.  It is a breath of fresh air.  It is a cool drink of water in a parched space.  It is an act of mercy and grace that God grants us first.  Look to God. Look for that grace that will give you the chance to forgive.    -  Kaji Douša is the Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the UCC, in New York City.
 
Global Ministries Prayer for Thailand -  Lord Jesus Christ, we know that you suffered, not just one day, but every day of your ministry here. You knew the pain of all people, the longing, the despair, and not just our hard-heartedness and self-centeredness. And yet, love and mercy were, and are, always first with you. We ask, as we wait and long for your Kingdom, your Realm, to come, that love and mercy would also come first in our hearts. Save us from the “days of punishment,” and give us the strength and compassion to be part of your saving work. Until the day you come with great power and splendor, Amen.

 


Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm
860-535-0379
       nostoucc@comcast.net

Worship Notes:
Hymn #103, Watcher Tell Us of the Night, J. Bowring;  Aberystwyth,  
J. Parry.  Public Domain.
Hymn #112, Keep Awake, Be Always Ready, A.G. Clyde, Wachtet Auf,
Philip Nicolai.  (NCH)
Hymn #609, Now Is The Time Approaching, J.L. Borthwick; Webb, G.J. Webb.  Public Domain
All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 


 

Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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